Field Trip: Tour the CBI Crime Lab

Sisters in Crime-Colorado Chapter has scheduled a field trip to Colorado Bureau of Investigations (CBI) Crime Lab! It is at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, 2019.

Please note: This is a members only event. If you are interested in joining the Sisters in Crime-Colorado chapter, please find us here: https://sistersincrimecolorado.org/join/

Sisters-in-Crime will tour the lab, learning about the collection, preservation, and analysis of crime scene evidence.  Functions of the crime lab include:

  • Forensic Biology-analysis of body fluids / genetic material used for identification purposes
  • DNA
  • Fingerprints
  • Impression evidence, including footwear and tire tracks
  • Firearms evidence
  • Toolmarks- comparison of a specific weapon/tool to evidence found at the crime scene
  • Trace Chemistry- analysis of gunshot residue, fire debris, tape, textile fibers, metals, etc.
  • Toxicology- analysis of biological fluids for the presence of drugs/alcohol/poison

We will meet several experts across various disciplines with ample opportunities to ask questions.

A maximum of 30 people may attend so you MUST sign up in advance to ensure your spot. Please RSVP at: https://www.meetup.com/Sisters-in-Crime-Colorado/events/259672242/

The Crime Lab address/location is available through the chapter’s yahoo group listserv.

Please note: This is a members only event. If you are interested in joining the Sisters in Crime-Colorado chapter, please find us here: https://sistersincrimecolorado.org/join/

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Publication News: Kate Lansing

Kate Lansing’s KILLER CHARDONNAY, the first book in the Vino Valentine cozy mystery series, where the owner of a newly opened winery expertly pairs wine with solving murders in the picturesque town of Boulder, CO, was acquired by Miranda Hill at Berkley in a three-book deal.

http://katelansing.com/2019/03/03/the-one-where-i-announce-my-book-deal/

http://katelansing.com/category/cozy-mysteries/

Congratulations, Kate!

Event: March Book Club

The Sisters in Crime-CO Book Club March  reads include The Throwaways  by LS Hawker (Parker) and Petty Cash by Leeann Betts (Fort Collins).

Free and open to the public. Just read the book of the month and come ready to chat with the author and other readers!

Please RSVP at our chapter Meetup! For more information, including specific dates, times, and locations, please visit https://sistersincrimecolorado.org/book-club/.

Hope you can join us, and bring your friends!

Appearance: Barbara Nickless

Barbara Nickless will be teaching a mystery writing workshop called Pinot & Noir, at the Murder in the Mountains, Mini Noir Festival, on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in Crested Butte, Colorado.

Learn to commit murder and get the inside scoop on mystery writing with an award-winning and bestselling crime novelist. Delve into structure, creating compelling characters, planting clues and red herrings, burying the bodies, and handling that essential requirement of the modern thriller – the twist. Pinot Noir flights served for participants 21 and older.

https://www.crestedbuttearts.org/Pinot-Noir

For more information about the Murder in the Mountains, Mini Noir Festival, Feb 22-23, 2019: https://www.crestedbuttearts.org/Murder-in-the-Mountains

It will be a thrilling weekend celebrating all things murder and mystery writing, including author conversations, a live panel exchange with Scottish crime festival writers, mystery writing workshop, youth forensic workshop, “Noir in the Bar” event, murder mystery dinner, and more! Visiting authors include Barbara Nickless, bestselling crime writer of Dead Stop and Blood on the Tracks, along with screenwriter and author of more than 50 bestselling books, Kevin J. Anderson, in a live exchange with Norwegian writers Alex Dahl, The Boy at the Door, and Jørn Lier Horst author of the The Katharina Code.

Event: February Book Club

The Sisters in Crime-CO Book Club February reads include Kept Secrets by Shawn McGuire (Parker) and Most Gracious Advocate by Mary Birk (Fort Collins).

Free and open to the public. Just read the book of the month and come ready to chat with the author and other readers!

Please RSVP at our chapter Meetup! For more information, including specific dates, times, and locations, please visit https://sistersincrimecolorado.org/book-club/.

Hope you can join us, and bring your friends!

Event: Catherine Spader and Literary Salon

Quarterly Chapter Meeting/Event:
February 9, 2019
Lone Tree Library, 10055 Library Way, Lone Tree, Colorado 80124 (303-791-READ)

9:30-10:00 am  Welcome, Announcements

10:00 am-12:00 pm Literary Salon

Sisters in Crime-Colorado is trying something new this year! We would like to give our members an opportunity to read a portion of their work in a supportive and encouraging environment at our first-ever Literary Salon. No critiques, no negative feedback–just a reading from a work-in-progress or a publication. This will be a wonderful occasion to share what each of us is working on. Please bring up to 750 words to read; depending on how many people want to read that morning, you will be reading for 3-5 minutes. Priority will given to dues-paying Sisters in Crime-Colorado members. We hope you will join us–and we look forward to learning more about you and your stories! To sign up as a reader, please email kuhnc@msudenver.edu by February 3.

Scheduled Readers:

  • Francelia Belton
  • Rosemary Berry
  • Cordia Booth
  • Stina Branson
  • Peg Brantley
  • Deborah Brewer
  • Becky Clark
  • Karen Docter
  • Amy Drayer
  • Claire L. Fishback
  • Skye Griffith
  • Sue Hinkin
  • Cynthia Kuhn
  • Shawn McGuire
  • Margaret Mizushima
  • Sandra Murphy
  • Gloria Neal
  • Stephanie O’Brien
  • Amy Rivers
  • Linda Solaya

12:00-1:00 pm Lunch (brown bag or visit nearby restaurants)

1:00-3:00 pm Catherine Spader, RN: “The Nuts and Bolts of Blood and Guts for Writers”

How long will you live after a psycho cuts off your arm with a chainsaw? What kind of damage does an iron maiden inflict on the human body? Can you survive being shot in the chest without adequate medical care? When it comes to writing blood and guts, fact can be juicier than fiction. Come get inspired, ask your most gruesome questions, and enjoy some chilling tales and gallows humor from history and today’s ER. There will be plenty of time for questions about scenes you are writing that involve injuries or diseases. (Note: this presentation and images presented may be disturbing for sensitive attendees.)

About the Presenter:

Catherine Spader, RN, is a nurse who specialized in ER and trauma care for twenty years in Illinois and Colorado. She is also the award-winning, best-selling author of the historical fantasy series, The Wulfhedinn Series. She is an editor, writing coach, and journalist who has published over 1,000 articles, many in medical journals. And yes, she writes a lot of blood and guts into her fiction. Find out more at https://catherinespader.com/

3:00-4:00 pm Board Meeting (all are welcome, location to be announced at the meeting)

Please feel free to come to either the morning or afternoon session if you cannot attend both. RSVP at our chapter Meetup!


This event is funded and presented by Sisters in Crime-Colorado and is not sponsored by Douglas County Libraries. To request more information, please use our contact form.